Friday, November 27, 2009

Shah's son backs civil disobedience in Iran

Iran's former crown prince backed a campaign of "civil disobedience and non-violence" Saturday to oust the government in Tehran and urged Western support, but warned against any armed intervention.

"The end of the apartheid regime in South Africa, of military juntas in South America, of the former Soviet Union -- all of it came at the hands of the people of those nations themselves," Reza Pahlavi told the Daily Telegraph.

"None of this could have happened without foreign support, but that is not the same as an occupying army that comes in and changes a regime -- I don't see how that can ever be legitimate."

The son of the late shah added: "Change must come to Iran by civil disobedience and non-violence, I stress that. We can't have change at any cost... what happens must be the will of the people."

Pahlavi left Iran a year before his father, shah Mohammad Reza, was ousted in the 1979 Islamic revolution, and has lived in the United States since 1984.

As more protests were held this week on the streets of Tehran, he told the Telegraph that "the ingredients for change have reached almost boiling point, despite the attempts of the regime to crack down".

And he argued that internal pressure was the only kind that would work on President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over Iran's nuclear programme, which Western powers fear is aimed at creating nuclear weapons, something Tehran denies.

"The threat from their own people is the only leverage that will matter, on the nuclear issue especially, much more so than endless rounds of failing diplomacy," Pahlavi said.

However, he said the international community must show their support for the protesters challenging Ahmadinejad's regime.

"If they are holding up signs in English on the streets of Tehran it is not to practice their language skills, it is obviously meant for the outside world," he said.

If this support is not forthcoming, "we may as well run up the white flag on the nuclear threat. We have a window of opportunity", he said, adding that for people in Israel this was a "matter of life and death".

He said that if UN sanctions could not be agreed, multilateral penalties should be imposed, adding: "We need smart sanctions to weaken the regime and its apparatus" without harming the people of Iran.

Agence France Presse

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

صادق هدایت

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Friday, November 06, 2009

Carmen Maria Vega - La Menteuse

Ben moi je mens passionnement
A mes amis à mes parents
Au marchand à Monsieur l´agent
Je mens tellement sans doute genant.
J´fais croire que j´ai connu Brad Pitt ...
D´ailleurs l´a pas une si grosse.......
Enfin j´aurais su j´aurais pas v´nu
En plus l´est pas si beau tout nu.

A mes amis rien que je mens à mes amants j´ai tout appris.
Finalement me disait Johnny que je t´aime toi t´as du talent !
Ah moi ! Ah bon ! Oh merci !

Ben moi je mens d´puis j´sais plus quand
J´me suis dit vaut mieux faire semblant
Plutôt qu´de passer pour une cruche
J´fais croire qu´chuis l´autre fille d´Mitterand.
Et pour alimenter le mythe
C´est moi qu´ait largue Johnny Deep
Et ben il s´en remettra va il est grand
L´etait mielleux et l´etait chiant.

A mes amis rien que je mens à mes amants j´ai tout appris.
Et meme si c´est pas très joli j´vois pas comment faire autrement.

Bien sûr tout compte fait c´est pas facile
De pas perdre le fil.
Des fois je voudrais fuir partir de là....
Être seule sur une île.
Un truc plutôt petit il paraît que l´Ile de France est un coin
Très sympa.

Ben moi je mens mais pas à toi
Parce qu´à toi j´veux parler de moi.
J´espère qu´tu f´ras pas comme les autres
Qui rient et qui me montrent du doigt.
Bah quoi je mens meme si ça vous plaît pas bien
Vous qui faites comme si vous saviez rien.
Au moins là c´est donnant-donnant
Chui pas toute seule à faire semblant.

A vous mes amis rien que je mens à mes amants j´ai tout appris.
Et meme si c´est une vraie folie c´est promis c´est plus fort que moi.

Bien sûr que je l´sais chui pas debile
Mais pour le moins fragile.
Et si ça se pourrait je voudrais pas finir à l´asile !

Ben moi j´mens plus depuis ce matin
Depuis que j´ai fait du chemin.
J´me suis dit qu´c´etait vraiment nul
Et surtout que ça rime à rien.
J´ai plus qu´à appeler tout mes potes
Histoire de remonter ma côte.
Et on rigolera comme avant
Avant que j´leur fasse perdre leur temps.

A vous mes amis rien que je mens à mes amants j´ai tout appris.
Finalement c´est comme ça c´est ma vie
J´vois pas comment faire autrement.

Burcu Güneş - Gözlerinde Bıraktım Aşkı

Al gönlümü bir kuru dalla, bir tatlı sözle
Her vuruşunda kalbim ağlıyor, ağlıyor ince ince
Ses ver, sana zalim demeye dilim varmıyor
Ah aşk affedilmişliğine minnet et diyor

Senin eşin, bir benzerin yok
Ben aşkı sende bildim
Zulümlerin hüzün vermiyor
Önce Allah sonra sensin

Gözlerinde bıraktım aşkı sevdayı
Yok diyemem
Hiçbir şeye değişemem ki bu rüyayı

Sende öyle bir yürek var ki
Bu dünyayı yak istersen
Geri dönüş kaçınılmaz olur
Aşk gözlerindeyken

Gel benim baktığım yerden bir bak kendine
Gör hayatımın senden öncesi hatırlanmıyor bile
Sus, söylemediğin sözleri duydum saydım üzülme
Biz iki kişilik bir dünya yarattık ya seninle

Senin eşin, bir benzerin yok
Ben aşkı sende bildim
Zulümlerin hüzün vermiyor
Önce Allah sonra sensin

Gözlerinde bıraktım aşkı sevdayı
Yok diyemem
Hiçbir şeye değişemem ki bu rüyayı

Sende öyle bir yürek var ki
Bu dünyayı yak istersen
Geri dönüş kaçınılmaz olur
Aşk gözlerindeyken

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Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Iran: With Whom to Engage?

Last week, I had the opportunity to address over forty members of the United States Congress with the goal to encourage their recognition of the importance of engaging the Iranian people and their ongoing struggle for human rights and democracy.

I began my remarks by asking, "If the U.S. is to continue to assert engagement as the path forward in the case of Iran, whom precisely should the engagement be with?"

The answer: the "Green Movement" of the Iranian people.

If the U.S. supports the Iranian people in their struggle for democracy -- for human rights and liberties -- it will empower their movement, catalyzing their success. And in so doing, the West will find its solution to nuclear proliferation: democracy itself. It is only in a democratic Iran where the international community will find a trustworthy, transparent and accountable counterpart.

I am and have always been opposed to any military action against my homeland. But it is also clear that any diplomatic efforts deprived of appropriate pressure points would be toothless, thus incapable of producing the desired results. In hopes of providing U.S. lawmakers with tangible guidance on Iran, I offered a three-pronged combination of measures that offers the best prospects for long-term stability: (1) a more vociferous support for the Green Movement's legitimate calls for human rights and democracy; (2) targeted sanctions against the individual financial power of the regime's leadership; and (3) serious commitment, support and work to increase communications into Iran, out of Iran, and within Iran.

Similar to my discussions with members of the French National Assembly, the British House of Commons and the European Parliament, I detailed this strategy by urging the Members of the U.S. Congress to embrace their greatest ally against nuclear proliferation: the Iranian people. The Iranian people have loudly and unequivocally vocalized their demands for a democratic system of government, which by definition will be transparent, responsible and accountable. Solidarity from world leaders sustains the momentum they need in their campaign for the establishment of freedom and democracy at home, and peace and stability in the region. I cannot imagine any achievable sanctions that could create pressures commensurate with what the people of Iran have already demonstrated.

I, along with most Iranians, was quite disheartened to learn that earlier this month, the U.S. State Department had denied all funding to a human rights center, as well as an online Farsi-English journal of democracy, both of which focused on Iran.
It is simply counterintuitive for America -- at this critical moment in Iran's history -- to deflate, through such actions, the hopes and aspirations of the Iranian people. It is exactly what the clerical regime wants: a confidence builder in its usage of an iron fist against a citizenry that has so courageously withstood the blows of wielding clubs, chains and untold rape and torture.

As Iranian democracy activists remind us, "There is a reason protesters hold signs written in English on the streets in Iran. They are not just practicing their language skills!"
As I confer with international opinion and policy makers, I regularly make the emphasis, as I did with members of the U.S. Congress, on the importance of targeted personalized sanctions against the regime's leadership and individual private financial fiefdoms, rather than the Iranian people. The imposition of smart sanctions that specifically target the assets of key decision makers, and the means of the Revolutionary Guards to oppress the people, can prove effective. The critical goal, however, must be to weaken the financial power of the oppressive forces inside Iran. Clearly, if the West is to enforce new sanctions, those sanctions must be intrinsically tied to the Green Movement's outcry for freedom.

As with so many fronts in this modern-era, at the end, it is all about communications. I encourage investment in technologies that increase communication with the Iranian people. America in particular needs to increase the available mediums of dialogue with the Iranian people by strengthening the ability of the Iranian people to access news and information and to overcome the electronic censorship and monitoring efforts of the Iranian regime.

This renewed dialogue would allow the world to demonstrate its solidarity with the democracy-seeking Iranian people. It would also improve the accuracy of the information received from Iran. But perhaps most importantly, improving these technologies would allow the Green Movement within Iran to communicate, organize and mobilize much more efficiently.

Finally, I regularly remind my audiences that history has taught us that the democratic process must come to fruition as a result of an internal discourse. In the meantime, the international community must stand in solidarity with the people of Iran through a palpable commitment to their struggle.

By supporting the Iranian Green Movement and the people's legitimate quest for human rights and democracy; sanctioning the financial strength of Iran's leadership; and improving communications technologies, we shall provide a solution that not only works for the free world, but also for my compatriots, and even perhaps the region at large.

Reza Pahlavi

The Huffington Post

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